The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has taken delivery of a ground based training system (GBTS) centre for the M-346 'Lavi' trainer aircraft from Elbit Systems.

Using Elbit's training solution, IAF pilots and weapon systems operators (WSOs) will be qualified to operate fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft such as F-16, F-15 and F-35.

The technology allows flight academy cadets, as well as graduate pilots and WSOs to practise unusual and in-flight emergency procedures, and at a more advanced level, to simulate complex combat scenarios, acting as a solo pilot or as part of a formation.

The operational combat training solution is comprised of multiple simulators that are connected to each other, creating a joint network.

These simulators use a real-image 360º display system that is equipped with simulation models of actual weapons systems and high-fidelity computer generated forces (CGF), which generate a wide range of immersive virtual combat environments.

The advanced virtual-constructive training system provides a nearly identical flight environment, obtainable without the time and expense of real flight, Elbit said in a statement.

"The operational combat training solution is comprised of multiple simulators that are connected to each other, creating a joint network."

The GBTS allows IAF pilots to conduct effective and safe flight training, while ensuring their full-readiness in operating next-generation platforms, according to the company.

Elbit’s technology live training system, embedded tactical training system (ETTS), provides live training within the GBTS as well as in the real aircraft.

The IAF currently has 30 Alenia Aermacchi-built M-346 twin-engine transonic trainer aircraft in operation.

Image: Elbit Systems' ground based training system centre. Photo: courtesy of Elbit Systems Ltd.